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#10191 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Red on 17 June 2017 - 03:02 PM


Don't cha just love the sound of this word? It's so sharp and snakey. Always good with an exclamation point! This word means a snide and sarcastic comment. They can be both wildly stupid or incredibly clever. Depending on the point of view. It combines cynicisms with blended wit. They'r usually quick little quips to tease someone into an emotional response. Derisive in nature they can and will at times cut deep into the psyche. It can be used as a defensive device to cut away at an individual like an ad hominem attack. Most of the time snarks are used to mask points of view.

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#9964 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Red on 07 June 2017 - 11:59 AM

Red Herrings!
One of my favorites.
These little devils are information brought into a discussion to cause a diversion from an original point.
They are meant to mislead and are lead ins for other types of fallacies.
The name Red Herring, itself, denotes a rancid smell.
A strong stench to distract us from the sweet fragrance of truth.
In literature they are commonly used in mystery and thriller stories to keep the bad guy hidden until the very end.
And then their are the politicians.
They use them frequently.
Think about what the major media spits out too.
How much of what you see and hear on the news could be a Red Herring?
One more thing to consider.
The very first prospectus filed by any company with the SEC is called a red herring.
These only give out general information about the company.

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#9962 Idiots Delight

Posted by Red on 07 June 2017 - 11:44 AM

It leads people down a wicked path.


Assigning names on who to hate.


These groups are pieces in a game from above.


These teams are used against each other on purpose.


Reasons to motivate hate are a great way to promote propaganda.


All for profit and control of resources. 


Doom and gloom is a great marketing strategy. The bucks still keep rolling in...

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#9961 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Red on 07 June 2017 - 11:42 AM

I like those above Twainisms. Maybe they should be a legitimate category in rhetoric.



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#9895 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Red on 02 June 2017 - 11:45 AM

How can I make a thread of this nature without including metaphors?
Metaphors are one of the most common types of speech. They add a sort of definition and color because they describe a comparison between two things that are most often apart except for a common characteristic that can link the two together. A noun or a verb can be described as something different. 
An example comparing a chef to a writer. Learning to write can be visualized with cooking skills. One must learn to bake, roast, chop, and cut. Including all the little things that go with it through practice and experience. They're great for sharpening the imagination and to give further understanding in communicating ideas 
Metaphors are different from similes in that they don't use terms like "like" or "as" to compare two things. Metaphors make hidden comparisons. Portraying one thing as being something else but not that something else. There is an implied implicit meaning.

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#9850 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Red on 31 May 2017 - 02:55 PM

Doppelgangers really add spice to some of the best stories out there.
They can show different aspects inside the nature of an individual character. 
The Picture of Dorian Grey shows this very clearly:
Then there also is the relationship aspect involved. 
As shown in Lukes conflict and fear of becoming his father:

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#9848 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Red on 31 May 2017 - 02:28 PM

Ever hear of a Doppelganger? These are characters created in literature that define a mirror image within a principal persona. A common definition usually references a look-alike type of personality. Traditionally, doppelgangers are the evil aspect inserting wicked ideas into the head of it's counterpart. They're used to show other parts of a character study to create a conflict within a story and to show the darker more objectionable sides inside a protagonists mind and heart. Showing the possible dark side as well as the light...

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#9751 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Red on 25 May 2017 - 04:24 PM



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#9730 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Red on 24 May 2017 - 11:35 AM

Are you tired of hearing the same type of stories over and over again? Does the news you see everyday seem commonplace? Warn-out stories told in repetitive fashion. Are the events portrayed becoming predictable? If so, you could be the victim of a Cliché. 
Cliches and Composition Theory
A cliché is a traditional form of human expression (in words, thoughts, emotions, gestures, acts) which–due to repetitive use in social life–has lost its original, often ingenious heuristic power. Although it thus fails positively to contribute meaning to social interactions and communication, it does function socially, since it manages to stimulate behavior (cognition, emotion, volition, action), while it avoids reflection on meanings.
- Anton C. Zijderveld
  “On Clichés”

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#9708 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Red on 23 May 2017 - 03:29 PM

Allegory is a wonderful way to tell a story. They're used for stories that teach ideas and principles. Usually with a moral outlook. Allegory is often confused with symbolism. Allegory includes actions and characters to stand in for ideas. Symbols don't tell a story. An example would be Plato's cave story: it tells how some people stand in ignorant chains and others see the light. Allegory allows people to express layers of meaning within there own stories. 
A literary example of allegory would be "Animal Farm", by George Orwell. 
“All animals are equal but a few are more equal than others.”

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#9707 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Red on 23 May 2017 - 02:38 PM

Thank you for the pin!




Analogies are fun. They're little ideas comparing one thing to another using a familiar thing. Metaphors and similes are used to build an analogy.
"The structure of the universal mind is like the galaxies, stars, and planets expanding ever outward toward infinity."
The universal mind is compared to the constellations using "like". This is a simile. A metaphor relates it to the expanding infinity without using words like "like" or "as".
Graphic analogies are useful too!

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#9700 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Red on 23 May 2017 - 12:42 PM

I thought it would be cool to make a thread about logical fallacies. These little nutcrackers always get in the way of decent discourse. Too bad, too. So I figure learning about them in a little more detail would help distinguish the different types of literary devices used in the everyday media.
Today, I'll start off with the ad hominem attack. This one is used constantly. It's a favorite technique because it causes lots of discord among the arguers. It's so much easier to question an individuals personal associations rather than paying attention to the validity of the main argument. Ad hominems can be mistaken as a personal insult when the subtle nature is a different distinction. Blatant and clever insults against somebody make it hard for people to believe it isn't true. If you look at this rationally such techniques never provide a valid reason to disregard decent criticism. 
Ad hominem has great power to persuade as it leaves a large impression on the mind of the audience. It somehow causes bias from the audience. This is a flawed arguing technique as it causes judgments to made without evaluation of facts on logical grounds.

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#9340 Coffee: The Irresistible Bean

Posted by Red on 30 April 2017 - 04:38 PM


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#9338 Potentially Offensive!

Posted by Red on 30 April 2017 - 04:27 PM

Insults can be an art form:



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#8911 Coffee: The Irresistible Bean

Posted by Red on 03 March 2017 - 07:20 PM

Double brewed exresso, please!









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